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Alternative Moscow: 2-Hour Walking Tour

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Hear fascinating legends of witches, ghosts, freemasons and famous criminals on this small-group walking tour of Moscow at night! Take a detour from your standard sightseeing route, riding the ‘Annushka’ tram and exploring Moscow off the beaten track with a local guide. Hear tales of sorcerers and secret worshippers as you stroll side streets and old neighborhoods, such as the infamous Khitrovka district, amid the city lights.

This tour is limited to 20 people, providing a small-group experience with your guide.
  • Discover a hidden side of Moscow on an evening walking tour
  • Go off-grid and delve deeper into the city’s dark past than you could alone
  • Roam suburbs where crime once ruled, ride the “Annushka” tram, and more
  • Learn tales of murder, mystery, and sorcery that most visitors never hear
What to Expect
Greet your guide in Moscow’s Chistye Prudy district and set out to discover the city’s lesser-known and sometimes darker side. See the monument to 19th-century playwright Alexander Griboyedov, and hear about his gruesome murder in Persia in 1829. Delve into side streets as your guide points out landmarks, and ride the famous “Annushka” tram, as you hear the rumors that surround it, to Kitay Gorod, Moscow’s oldest neighborhood. Arrive in Khitrovka, a hub of criminality in the 1800s. Learn how thieves and convicts reigned here, and hear about the 17th-century count Jacob Bruce, rumored to have dabbled in witchcraft. Visit Kilometer Zero, the point from where Russia’s distances are measured, and follow the tradition of tossing a coin here while making a wish. Uncover stories about the nearby buildings and end the tour by relaxing at the atmospheric Soviet-era Cheburechnaya Café over a Russian beer and snack (own expense).
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Departure Point
Памятник Кириллу и Мефодию, Lubyanskiy Proyezd, 25 строение 1, Moskva, Russia, 101000
Departure Time
6:00 PM
Return Details
Novokuznetskaya Station, Moscow, Russia, 115035
  • English-speaking local guide
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - State Tretyakov Gallery
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Thanks a lot for the interesting walk! We enjoyed the explanation and the guidance by Anna.She has a good listening ear as well :-)

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Caballero1302
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our tour was very well organized yet very spontaneous and flexible. We enjoyed the company of our knowledgeable, friendly and cheerful tour guide Diana. The 3 hour tour has passed too fast as the information given were interesting and exciting. The Tour guide shared information...More

Thank hessahs
Reviewed 31 July 2019

thank you so much for organising this tour! WE absolutely loved it! We had Alex as our guide and he was very informative and kept it very live :) Time flew by and we had so much fun! Thank you

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank snoww562
Reviewed 30 July 2019

Our walking tour of Moscow was excellent; doing it on the first day was a great way to see the main sights and get an understanding of the city. Our guide Anna was excellent and was both informative and engaging. I would fully recommend this...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank scmckenzie
Reviewed 28 July 2019 via mobile

We went on the free walking tour with Lena. She was funny, informative and spoke excellent English. I would recommend this tour to any visitors to Moscow.

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